Brits of 2010s, compared to those from 70’s, have bigger, wider feet. According to the research by College of Podiatry, the average size of an Englishman Englishwoman has upped from 8 to 10 and 4 to 6 respectively in the past 40 years.

Yet, despite the increase in size, shoe shoppers still indicate buying tight shoes. Some key findings in the research were:

  • 41 in hundred women and 26 in hundred men say their sizes have changed within adulthood.
  • 35 percent women now have bigger feet. 68 percent have wider feet.
  • 48 percent men have bigger feet and 68 percent said their feet have gone wider.
  • The increase in size in correlating with the fact that Britain is increasing in height and weight.
  • More weight means more pressure so the need for feet to evolve in order to keep up.

Regarding shoe sizes, the research concludes that 34 percent men and 46 percent women said they still buy tight shoes.

These tight shoe sizes may lead to pain and mobility issues in the future as well as increased risk of osteoarthritis in lower joints. The key reasons, according to buyers were:

  • Misconception of buying the right size but later on (at home) finding it wasn’t (35 percent).
  • The buyer liked the shoe, but the right size was unavailable (27 percent).
  • The shoes were bought online so they were unsure if they would fit (26 percent).
  • The pair was on sale (19 percent).
  • Buyers did not try them out in the shops (15 percent).

The College thus recommends people do not rush with their shoe shopping – that they should always prefer comfort over aesthetics and that they should also attention to their weight and lose some if they are overweight.


Are you one of those people who get horrified just looking at ugly toenails, be they yours or not? The mystery of ugly toenails is hard to crack but the irony is – we don’t want to crack it.

We don’t like to maintain our feet, even though we know we won’t like what they will look like if we ignore them. We pay the entire world’s attention to our fingers but outright ignore the toes.

Fashion too, has added to our ignorance. According to Dr. Rauch, a physical biology and biophysics lecturer at the University of Nottingham says since our feet aren’t as visible and prominent as our hands and fingers, it is no wonder they are often neglected. He also said that fashion has made nails more trendy over the past decade and as long as stylist shoes are in and as long as nails remain in fashion, expect feet to be ignored.

However, he and his team are working on toenail preserving techniques and he feels that it’s not so hard to avoid ingrown toenails.

Ingrown toenails are formed when the sides of our toenails grow into the skin. The most common victim is the big toe, Aka hallux. The skin having being pierced by the nail becomes red and swollen.

Most common causes of ingrown toenails include injuries and cuts. Other causes may be ill fitting shoes and socks as well as sweaty feet. The doc advices victims to never ignore foot care, wear shoes that are neither too tight nor too loose, and most importantly, cut the toenails straight across.

Dr. Rauch sights that the ingrown nails are ‘mismatch’ the growth and adhesion of nails. He adds that it ingrown nails are common among youngsters, adults and even in the elderly people.

Ignoring toenails doesn’t only result in ingrown nails, there are other problems associated with poor toe care like fungi and nail infections.

To avoid ingrown toenail issues along with fungi and others, and to make sure the feet keep looking flawless, never ignore the importance of foot care.


"Due to an expansion in the number of stockists, Nixsi products are now available to more customers who suffer from dry and cracked feet. Nixsi foot balms are available now available to purchase form a number of independent pharmacies and beauty salons throughout the United Kingdom."

Nixsi, a known name in UK’s foot care market, now announces two new foot creams for dry feet – warming and cooling. With some differences in ingredients, both creams will offer complete protection from scratches, cracks, bleeding heels, dryness, odor and itchiness.

Nixsi Foot Creams cater major areas of skin and foot problems. However, the core focuses of Nixsi’s all natural creams are feet and heels. During the winter when the skin is prone to dryness, heels often get the worst impact. The area near heels is already tough and thanks to dryness, the area further hardens and results in cracking which can be painful for people, especially diabetics.

Similarly, uncomfortable footwear and intense activities and workouts can also affect heels badly. So these cracked and damaged heels need extra care.

Nixsi’s creams are full of natural goodness, thanks to more than half a dozen natural ingredients. Both Cooling and Warming creams contain ultra pure lanolin which is proven moisture-reinstating element. In addition, the ultra-pure variation used in Nixsi foot cream is allergy-proof.

Common ingredients in Cooling and Warming creams are camphor bark oil, peppermint oil, black pepper oil and anise oil. Not only are these ingredients organic, these are also known relievers of stress, pain, inflammation, rheumatism, arthritis and lumbago. These very ingredients are also known to heal dry heels, cracks, eczema and other skin issues.

These ingredients are also recognized for their enchanting aroma and when merged together in Nixsi cream, they will also neutralize the odor, the fungi and the bacteria in the feet.

The key difference between two variants comes from two ingredients – Lavender, which is used in Cooling Cream and Eucalyptus oil, which is the unique constituent of Warming Cream.

Lavender in Nixsi Cooling Cream improves blood circulation, relaxes stiff muscles and deodorizes smelly feet. Lavender can also provide relief from inflammation and pain.

The Eucalyptus oil used on the other hand will soothe the feet and cure them from fibrosis and nerve pain. In chilly winters where extremities feel the most cooling, Nixsi’s warming cream will be able to keep the body warm and the feet protected.

To get Nixsi Cooling and Warming Foot Creams, or to know more about them, click the contact button or visit Nixsi at the head office at:

Heraldic House, 160-162 Cranbrook Road, London, IG1 4PE United Kingdom.